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Monday, December 4, 2017

Navigating the Sitter Search

Lining up the right pet sitter to take the best-ever care of your cat or dog? It’s not quite as simple as it sounds, but it’s completely doable thanks to the four-legged world’s greatest hack, Rover.com.

What does Rover help, with, exactly? They’ve got more than a few tricks up their sleeve when it comes to making sure your canine or feline best friend gets the best care possible. Here’s how to scope their network of pet sitters like an expert, and find the perfect one for your little love.

Tip #1: Search according to the particular day’s demand. Whether you’re going on vacation in two months or need someone to take your pup for an impromptu stroll today, you can quickly tailor your search and save time on your way to finding a top-notch expert to fill your pet care needs.

Navigating the Sitter Search

Tip #2: Read the testimonials. Most sitters on Rover.com have at least a few reviews and testimonials from former clients that can give you insight into their experience and sitting style.

Tip #3: If possible, set aside time to conduct a phone screen. You’ll feel a lot better about leaving your pet in the care of a new person if you get the chance to connect with them and get a sense for their personality, how well they communicate, and how they can speak to their care experience outside of their Rover profile. This also gives you a chance to give potential sitters the rundown of your pet’s needs and routine.

When it comes down to finding the perfect pet sitter, what will ultimately land you the right person is asking questions and communicating — luckily enough, Rover.com is designed to help you do just that.

Author byline: Written by Casey Dickson, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation's largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

When Perfection is Not Enough

The challenges associated with the design of unusual wedding and engagement ring sets such as Krikawa manufactures can be many. Certainly, reconciling customers to compromise along the way does not promote strong relationships and an enduring reputation for customer satisfaction. How does Krikawa avoid such circumstance? They choose to design custom wedding rings and bands using an unusually customer-centric approach. Their award- winning designs are accomplished through a simple process that maintains the customer vision and dreams throughout.


Based upon the years of experience which their design team and craftsmen hold, Krikawa embraces customer vision related to unique engagement rings for women or custom wedding and engagement ring sets. They frequently use sketches, catalogue images or other points of generation and turn the concepts into beautiful pieces as unique as the couples that provide them. Customers will be pleased to know that presenting ideas is a simple matter as well. Krikawa can be contacted by phone, through e-mail or by visiting the store in person. No matter how the idea is placed in their hands, Krikawa delivers with a one hundred percent customer satisfaction guarantee.

Krikawa provides options and choices to satisfy the most discerning of tastes. Custom wedding rings by Krikawa incorporate precious stones, precious metals, and the most original setting designs imaginable. The selection of diamonds and other gems from their in-store inventory provides a virtually endless number of possibilities in terms of size, shape and color. Their capability and experience creating unique settings permits them to match most any desire while their focus on the customer encourages communication and change right to the very last.


While it is a simple matter to read the many positive things satisfied customers worldwide have to say about this extraordinary custom wedding ring designer, truly their purpose, product and drive for perfection cannot be understood until personally experienced.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

How to Get Out Of a Friend Zone?

After months of searching for a compatible match, you’ve finally found a partner and can’t wait to take things to the next level. However, like most people, you’ve been out of the game for some time and didn't make your move right away, so now you've found yourself in the friend zone and can't seem to get out of it. Fear not, for we are here to guide you though this unpleasant situation and make sure you are victorious in the end.

But before we get into details, we’d like to take this opportunity and say that if you are looking to meet people online, you should know that it is much tougher than it looks, and you should be proud of yourself for having found a nice partner. Dating doesn’t necessarily get easier as time goes on, and some people don’t understand the challenges that certain individuals face in this department.


Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top 4 tips and tricks to get out of that friend zone, and help you start enjoying your relationship to the fullest.

Tip #1: Timing Is Everything

In dating like in everything else in life, timing is absolutely everything. If you want to comfortably get out of the friend zone, assess the situation well before making a direct move. Make sure your new friend is not under a lot of stress or pressure at that time, and don’t spill your guts just out of the blue.

Your best bet is to wait until an opportune moment and talk to your friend about your feelings when you’re getting along great and your ’friendship’ is smooth sailing. But before you do that it wouldn’t hurt to assess your own desires and figure out what it is you actually want from that person. Your attraction may be more physical than anything else, it may be a desire for companionship or it may even be true love. Make sure you know exactly what your expectations are before you proceed.

Tip #2: Spend As Much Time With Your Friend As Possible

Getting out of a friend zone often involves making your friend see you in a different light. You can accomplish this by spending more time alone together when you’ll be able to show more of an interest in them, and when your true feelings will have a chance to shine through. Offer to do things you both enjoy more often, and if this goes well invite your friend to do things you know for sure they will enjoy. This will be one of the clearest signs of your intentions.

Attend a concert together, go for a stroll at your local park or have dinner at their favorite restaurant. When it comes to spending more one-on-one time together, keep it simple and stick to what you're comfortable with. If your friend is into scuba diving and you'd rather stay dry suggest another activity that is not far out of your comfort zone.

Tip #3: Give It Time

Be realistic about what you can accomplish over a certain period of time. If you’ve been friends for a while don’t expect that friendship to turn into a relationship overnight. Pace yourself and be patient because you want to give your interest some time to adjust to the new situation. You don’t want to suffocate your friend with your feelings, and you want to give them time to reflect on what is happening.

Pushing too hard all of a sudden might turn them off and scare them away, so gradually start to be more playful, and slowly start to show your affection. Find a way to flirt that isn't awkward and pay attention to how your friend is responding.

Tip #4: Lightly Start Touching Your Friend

Introduce touches into your relationship with your interest if you want to build intimacy. Make sure you’re always polite and don’t do anything inappropriate. You can casually touch their arm when telling a funny story or walk by them close enough as to lightly touch their body without pulling away. This can be a great test to see how your interest is accepting your advances. You can also start to compliment your friend a little more or tease them, but be careful not to mention their weight or age because nothing good can come of that.

Moderation will be your best ally and so will your intuition. Pay close attention to how your friend reacts to what you've been doing, and see if they have changed their behavior towards you. If they flirt back, touch you in passing by accident and accept your invitation to do things together you're on the right track. It's unlikely they'll make the first move, but might encourage you to ask them out on a real date.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Do You Regret Your Tattoo? One In Six People Do

Why do we get tattoos? Some people put ink on their bodies in honor of someone they hold dear or to signify a specific period of their lives, while others do it because they wanted to look cool while going through their “biker dating” phase or because they got so drunk one night that they felt like it was a good idea to get a “tramp stamp” in the form of a one-legged Tinkerbell riding a winged pig-bear-thing.


In any case, while there are those who know exactly why they have tattoos on their bodies, there are also individuals out there who deeply regret having ink done. Which one are you?

The Stats Don’t Lie

Although having ink under your skin is a fairly common thing nowadays, many people still shun tattooed folk. Still, that’s not as much of a problem as scenarios when one regrets having a tattoo so badly that he or she wants to remove it.

A survey conducted back in 2014 by beauty retailer Escentual.com concluded that four in ten people who have multiple tattoos regret sporting at least one of them, while one in six have so much hate for their tattoos that they would rather undergo laser surgery to have them wiped off than carry them around for the rest of their lives.

If this doesn’t sound intimidating enough, let’s take a look at some examples of celebrities who’ve had a change of heart about their ink.

Boston-born actor Mark Wahlberg didn’t only remove his tattoo, but also made sure his children knew how big of a mistake getting one can be. While speaking to the press during his treatment in 2012, Wahlberg said: “I’ve taken my two older kids to the procedure so they see how painful it is and what I have to go through. I don’t want my kids getting tattoos.” The Hollywood actor took his eldest two children – who were 9 and 6-years-old at the time – to observe the painfulness of getting a tattoo removed.

Another case of a celeb regretting a tattoo involves Swiss model Heidi Klum, who decided to get rid of the ink on her forearm in 2012. She got it four years earlier while she was married to the famous singer Seal, but once they had split, her mind about her tattoo quickly changed.

Fear the Laser

So, what exactly happens when you regret a tattoo so much you want to erase it completely? Well, the most common thing most people go for is the laser removal surgery.

You can’t exactly avoid pain with this process. The only thing that varies is the amount of physical suffering you’ll go through, as it depends on the size and age of the tattoo, as well as the intensity of its color. Most people start seeing changes after the second treatment, but it can take a lot more than that if your ink is particularly strong and old.

Furthermore, The Body Clinic also warns that you may get blisters after the treatment. Yikes! But don’t worry, as they usually go away in a few days, and once they do, the treated skin gets to shine for a few weeks, only to go under the laser again… and again… and again.

Friday, April 28, 2017

7 Ways to Maintain a Young Looking Face

We all want to look as youthful as possible for as long as possible. We spend money on creams, facials, fillers, and even sometimes plastic surgery. To get some tips for how we can maintain a young-looking face, we went to several great beauty professionals including Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of the Brandow Clinic for Cosmetic Surgery in Philadelphia, who has appeared on national programs such as Good Morning America and 20/20. Here’s what they all have to say.


1. Get rest


There absolutely is such a thing as beauty sleep. “Women come to my practice thinking they need an eye-job or a facelift when all they need is sleep. Sleep is a time when we rejuvenate ourselves and cellular turnover is at its height. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep nightly will make a huge difference in how youthful a woman appears especially as she approaches age 30 and collagen production decreases,” says Dr. Brandow. “A woman can speed up aging if they are constantly sleep deprived.”

2. Use an overnight treatment

If you suffer from breakouts or skin dryness leading to wrinkles or blotches, treating your skin concerns at night, is a way to maintain a youthful glow. “Work closely with your dermatologist or aesthetician who can recommend non-irritating skin treatments specifically addressing your concern,” advises Dr. Brandow. You want to take advantage of overnight options available to boost collagen and heal skin while sleeping.

3. Hydrate

When it comes to anti-aging and putting your most youthful face forward, water is key. Water flushes your system of toxins which helps skin to glow. “Women spend a lot of money on topical creams formulated to boost moisture and hydrate the skin yet, if they integrated more water, even 4, 8 ounce glasses per day, they would see fewer wrinkles and an overall smoother younger skin texture within a month,” says Dr. Adriane Pompa, Miami based board certified dermatologist who specializes in aging skin.

4. Be smart about fillers
Fillers are used to add volume that diminishes as we age but people have taken it to extremes. There have been many advancements with fillers over the past 5 years offering more options and more sophisticated ways to administer them to achieve a youthful look.

According to Dr. Brandow, many patients believe that filling their cheeks will soften their laugh lines, so they push doctors to administer two to four syringes in their cheek bones and cheek area at once. This can result in swelling and doesn’t necessarily lift their face. Fillers are often done as an alternative to a face lift but, if not spread out over several weeks, it just gives the patient an unnatural look that distorts their face and makes them look odd.

“My personal preference is to perform the fillers sequentially. For example, I will use one syringe of filler in multiple locations. Then I’ll have patients return in 4-6 weeks and perhaps do another syringe to the same places, or different places, giving them an overall natural look. This leads to a softer, more natural result. The key to doing fillers well are going with small amounts every 4-6 weeks,” explains Dr. Brandow.

5. Get facials

According to Dr. Adriane Pompa, one facial per month does wonders for skin’s clarity, texture, and ability to produce collagen. “There are many at-home facials available one can do weekly. The key is knowing your skin type and ingredients that address your specific skin concern. Also, you can treat different parts of the face differently depending on skin issue. Let’s say you are prone to breakouts on your jawline, have wrinkles on your forehead and dryness on the cheeks, your dermatologist or aesthetician can recommend a facial plan customized for you.”

6. Consider lasers and light!

Lasers are another tool that blasts away acne scars, evidence of past sun damage and evens out skin giving that flawless, youthful glow. There have been so many advancements with lasers resulting in more immediate results without downtime. Lasers typically cost between $600 - $1200 per treatment depending on the city and type of laser. The advantage with lasers is accuracy. You can treat a specific area without affecting the rest of the surrounding skin.

7. Tone down your make-up.

One way to immediately take 10 years off your look is to revamp your make-up. Consider hiring a professional make-up artist who can teach you how to enhance and even modernize your look. New York make-up artist, Carlo Geraci, who was protégé to Trish McEvoy and Kevin Aucion, explains that a lot of women are doing their make-up the same way they did 20 years ago. That bronzer that you loved in the 90’s when you were 24 may appear harsh and outdated at 44. “Heavy eye liner and strong lip colors may only accentuate wrinkles and fine lines. As women age, less is more when it comes to make-up. Opt for a great hydrating foundation or a touch of concealer, a pinch of blush, a swipe of mascara or a gray or brown eyeliner and a natural looking lip liner topped with a tinted hydrating balm,” he suggests.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Where do people get their dating advice from?

Let’s face it – dating can be a real struggle. Not only are you required to learn about the rules, do’s, don’ts, and boundaries, but even when you apply all of your knowledge to your dating life, there’s still nothing that can guarantee your success. No matter how good looking, open minded, outgoing, patient or persistent you are, you are no less vulnerable to rejection than anyone else. Whether you’re in a “man seeking woman” scenario or you’re just looking for someone to hook up with, there’s a good chance that you won’t achieve success right off the bat.

So, what do you do when your dating game hits a wall of disappointment, frustration and hopelessness? You turn to others for advice, naturally.


While there are a lot of people who love dishing out dating advice, there are also a lot of those who ask for it, but strangely enough, there aren’t many people how actually take dating advice. To be more precise, the recent Match.com’s seventh annual Singles in America survey tells us that 65% of single folk don’t really find dating advice to be useful at all.

As most of us know, there are many ways one can find dating advice. Some of us ask the people that surround us, while others would rather go online and read up on the popular tips and statistics. In that name, let’s check out where people usually get their dating advice from.

Male Friends

Although men are generally considered to be less romantic than women, there’s a good chunk of people that will look for dating advice from their buddy over any other person they know. As it turns out, nearly half of the single men Match interviewed ask their boys for tips, while about 35% women claim that they have a guy friend they can turn to for some dating know-how.

Female Friends

We’ve all watched “Sex and the City” and we know how asking for dating advice works when it comes to women. If you need more detailed info, Match points out that about two thirds of girls go to their girlfriends for advice, while that number floats around 34% when it comes to guys asking their female friends for dating tips.

Siblings

Not all of us like sharing details from their love life with our families, but those who do, most often turn to their siblings. Women are much more likely to do this (about 31% of them, to be exact), while men are a little less enthusiastic about talking to their bro or sis about their dating endeavors).

Parents

If we’re being honest, there isn’t a better example of someone who’s been successful at dating than your parents. First off, their dating efforts resulted in you (obviously) and secondly, they usually know how to transfer their knowledge in a way you’ll understand. As Match points out, around 27% of women see their parents as the go-to people when it comes to dating advice.

The Internet

Although it’s usually better when someone gives you dating tips in person, there’s a good portion of us that are most likely to go online in our search for dating tips. There are many ways you can find revelations and enlightenment about dating on the internet – from forums to where strangers share their experiences and opinions to legitimate websites which feature experts and psychologists and their views on dating.

All in all, the internet is a vast pool of knowledge, so there’s really no reason not to use to step our dating game up, is there?

Co-Workers

It’s not the first group of people you would think of when someone mentions dating advice, but if you’re working a 9-to5 job, you know very well that you’re likely to ask someone for dating tips if you’re spending the majority of your day with them.

In their survey, Match found that 30% of women and 20% go to their colleagues for advice. Sharing a workplace with someone usually means you’re also sharing details from your life with them, which makes asking them for dating tips that much more logical.

Exes

Now, here’s something you probably weren’t expecting. “Who in their right mind would ask their ex for dating advice?” Well, according to Match, around 13% of men claim that some of the best dating advice they ever got was from their ex.

If you think about it, this actually makes sense – if you’ve parted way with someone without much fuss, there’s a good chance that they already know your likes, dislikes, fears and expectations when it comes to dating. This also means that your ex is a person who knows exactly what you need and what others may or may not see in you, making them one of the best sources of dating tips.

Monday, April 24, 2017

3 Ways to Avoid Purchasing Mistakes as an Independent Woman

Although a lot of progress has been made for women’s rights in recent generations, there is still a long way to go in some regards. For example, some close-minded and non-progressive merchants may still believe if you’re a woman making purchase decisions on your own without help from a male partner, you’re gullible. Keep reading to learn how to assert yourself as an educated, confident female consumer.


Avoid Impulse Buys

Both physical and online stores use various techniques to convince you there are just some things you can’t live without, even if you didn’t intend to buy them when you came into the store. During your last visit to the supermarket, you probably saw how the checkouts were stocked with gum, candy, batteries and other small, crucial items. The goal is for you to decide you may as well pick those things up now because you’ll eventually need them someday.

While shopping online, you may also notice that principle at work when stores suggest additional things to purchase based on whatever’s already in your virtual shopping cart. There are advanced algorithms that try to guess which items will most appeal to you based on past purchasing habits, too. Sometimes, you can even get a discounted rate for purchasing two similar items together.

There are various strategies you can use to keep impulse buys from eroding your willpower. For example, stick to your shopping list and don’t go to other unnecessary departments within the store, shop with cash so you won’t risk spending more than expected and just charging the amount to your credit card, and put a practice in place where you wait for a specified time before acting on a decision to buy an unplanned item.


Get Advice From Trustworthy Friends

Research shows when people feel supported in their purchasing decisions, they’ll stay calmer while deciding what to buy, especially if picking between several choices. That’s why it’s a good idea to rely on friends you trust when trying to make major buying decisions.

You can request their help in several ways. For example, you might be in the market for a new smartphone and know at least one of your close friends owns a model that’s one of your top choices. You could ask that person for the pros and cons of the particular gadget. You might also get a friend to go with you to the shop so you don’t feel under as much pressure, or see if the person will help you figure out your most-needed features.


Depend on Service Providers From the Community

If you have the choice between buying coverage from Nashville local insurance agents and doing business with a company that’s thousands of miles away from your home state of Tennessee, for example, pick the former option. Through face-to-face interactions with a service provider that lives in works in your community, you’ll have good opportunities to demonstrate you’ve done your research and know what you want to buy.

It’s not always possible to prevent purchasing mistakes. However, the tips you’ve just read should help you have fewer regrets, especially if you practice them regularly.